The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of
Concord is for the Ephesians 5:22-33 for the Pentecost 13,
series B, August 23, 2015.
It is from Large Catechism, Part I, pages 383-384.
The young should be guided so that they desire the married estate
and know that it is a blessed estate and pleases God.
The reading is formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin
Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD - 3 YEAR SERIES
PENTECOST 13, SERIES B
THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT
I speak of this in order that the young may be guided so that
they desire the married estate and know that it is a blessed
estate and pleases God. For in this way, over time we might
cause married life to be restored to honor. There might be less
of the filthy, loose, disorderly behavior that runs riot the
world over in open prostitution and other shameful vices arising
from disregard for married life. It is the duty of parents and
the government to see to it that our youth are brought up with
discipline and respectability. When they have become mature,
parents and government should provide for them to marry in the
fear of God and honorably. God would not fail to add His
blessing, so that people would have joy and happiness from
In conclusion this commandment demands: Everyone should live
chaste in thought, word, and deed in the estate of marriage.
But also everyone should love and value the spouse God gave to
him. Where marital chastity is to be maintained, man and wife
must live together in love and harmony. Then one may cherish
the other from the heart and with complete faithfulness. For
harmony is one of the principal points that enkindles love and
desire for chastity, so that, where this is found, chastity will
follow without any command. St. Paul diligently encourages
husband and wife to love and honor one another.
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